Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to Writing Again

I’m almost fully recovered from hernia surgery. I knew I had one obvious spot but my surgeon thought the other side might need fixing, too. We had agreed on laparoscopic surgery in order not to have another big opening like I had for a burst appendix in October.

Surgery was on Monday, March 30, and it took 3 ½ hours. That’s because, once inside, there were four hernia patches that needed repair. So I got worked over pretty well. And with all the smaller incisions, to make openings for the robot’s several instrument and camera needs, I look more like the loser in a knife fight.

The surgery was out-patient and went well. I did have pain for several days, but it was manageable. Couldn’t sit at the computer very long, so work had to stop.

Then, on April 8, I had my surgeon follow up office visit. He said I was progressing well and cleared me to get back to all normal activity by today.

Since we had such powerful storms in Northern Illinois a couple of days ago, I went out yesterday to clear lots of broken, downed branches.
And I’[m able to return to looking after our granddaughter Olivia a few days each week

Today It's back to work on book #5 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series. Six books are planned and those will start coming out in July from Elk Lake Publishing. New covers, details, and other information will follow on this blog as the projects develop.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Special Message To Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, or Anyone Who Cares About Children

In 2001, I made a conscious decision to write adventures & mysteries for children. My target was middle grade readers. Why? It’s that stage in life when they are still kids while, at the same time, they can’t wait to be all grown up.

The down side to this age is it also is a time when children, especially boys, begin falling away from reading in favor of video games, TV, videos, computers, and other electronic devices. So how could my books make a difference at this critical time of development?

I grew up hating to read. We didn’t have much in the way of electronics back then, but I’d rather be doing almost anything besides reading as a child. I guess that’s part of the reason why I followed a life of audiovisual production including TV commercials, corporate videos, dramatic and documentary films, music videos, video concerts, and many more. How does this impact me as a potential author for kids?

The books I write tend to be crammed with humor, action, adventure, mystery, lots of dialog, and not much in the way of boring details or descriptions. Many adults have responded by telling me my books were the key in turning children in their care from struggling, reluctant readers into avid readers. Why has this been?
My style of writing brings the same visual elements and heart-pounding action and adventure from my film and video projects onto the pages of my books. But it hasn’t come easily.
The first publisher released 6 of my books. Not long after, the company went bankrupt. Suddenly I found myself starting out all over again. A second publisher experienced the bankruptcy of their distribution company, virtually stopping this publisher in its tracks. A third publisher, just this year, decided to stop publishing altogether, returning rights to the books they had published back to the authors.
Today, I have contracts for a number of books. Several of these will be released starting this coming July. Others are slated for publishing by an education publisher, including instructional materials, for use in the classroom. Most of my books will be readily available in print and as       e-books.
Please return to this blog to keep up with developments. Soon I’ll begin revealing the covers for a number of the books scheduled for release in the coming months.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at
Thank you,
Max Elliot Anderson

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vote for This Blog as Blog of The Month

Vote for This Blog as Blog of The Month
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Status of Projects

New covers are being developed for the Sam Cooper Adventure Series and a 4th title will soon be released with the original three books at Elk Lake Publishing.

Work continues on covers and the book interiors for the first four books in the Accidental Adventure Series.

Plans call for six books in each series.

Editing on all the new books is ongoing at the publisher now along with additional writing here for these two exciting action and adventure books for middle grade readers.

I hope to share the new covers on this blog soon.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

NEWS! A 6 Book Contract Signed

6 Book Contract Signed
A contract has been signed to publish six books at Elk lake Publishing. The publisher will re-release the first three books in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series:
1. Lost Island Smugglers
2. Captain Jack's Treasure
3. River Rampage
This is being done because the original publisher has decided to cease operating in publishing. Under the Elk Lake banner, each book will get a new look on its cover.
Then, three more books are planned for the series. The manuscript has already been delivered for book #4. Books #5 and #6 have not been determined yet.
4. This Property is Condemned
5. Coming Soon
6. Coming Soon
In addition, we are developing another series at Elk Lake Publishing. This one is called The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends, Riley and Jordan. Three manuscripts have been delivered to the publisher so far.
1. Funny Money Mystery
2. The Cat Burglars
3. The Secret of Grandmother's Grandfather Clock.
Three more books are planned for this series. And the manuscript is nearly ready for book #4. Books #5 and #6 have not been determined yet.
4. Summer Camp Troubles
5. Coming Soon
6. Coming Soon
Here's a video for The Accidental Adventures series.

Be sure to check back for future developments.
Thank you!

Max Elliot Anderson
Author of middle grade action-adventrues and mysteries.
Imagine VIDEO

Friday, February 13, 2015

Update on the Sam Cooper Adventure Series

The publisher for the Sam Cooper Adventure Series has decided to close up shop. Our original agreement called for six books.

Three were published: Lost Island Smugglers, Captain Jack’s Treasure, and River Rampage. A manuscript for the fourth book in the series, This Property is Condemned, was submitted but not published.

I’m happy to report that a new publisher is planning to re-publish the first three books and then complete the six book series. Expect a more formal announcement on that soon.

Book Trailers for this Series

Lost Island Smuggglers

Captain Jack's Treausre

River Rampage

This Property is Condemned Info

This Property is Condemned
Is it true what they say about the old Remmington Mansion? Did someobody really die in the basement of that scary place?
This Property is Condemned
will be the 4th book in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series.

In this story, Sam, Tony, and Tyler discover a house that's falling apart. Local developers have sinister plans to tear the place down.

But wait a minute. Didn't the boys just see a curtain move in one of the front windows? All they've ever heard is the place is abandoned; maybe even haunted.

Sam and his friends decide to find out the truth.
This Property is Condemned
Get ready for the next Sam Cooper Adventure / Mystery, coming soon from children's author Max Elliot Anderson.

Why not read the first 3 books now, so you'll be ready when book #4 is published?

Book # 1 - Lost Island Smugglers
Book # 2 - Captain Jack's Treasure
Book # 3 - River Rampage
Coming Soon! Book # 4 - This Property is Condemned

Sam Cooper Adventures VIDEOS

Video - River Rampage -
Video - Imagine -

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Darrell Waltrip - Keynote Speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast

This is excellent. We've all heard and seen the negative reporting from the National Prayer Breakfast.
Many know I'm a huge NASCAR fan - although my driver, Jeff Gordon is retiring after this season.
Watch and listen to what NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip said as the keynote speaker at the breakfast. 
Max Elliot Anderson